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Sunday 19 September 2021
 Kabul Local Time
28 Sunbula 1400, 09:38 AM

The International Coordination and Response Group for the victims of Flight PS752 today issued the following joint statement:

“We, Ministers representing Afghanistan, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, have taken note of the unique situation in Afghanistan that requires its full attention.

As a result, the Coordination Group countries have agreed that while Afghanistan will remain a key partner and continue to play an important role in the group, it will not engage directly in the upcoming negotiations.

As it is the Coordination Group’s guiding principle to ensure that all victims of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) are treated equally regardless of nationality, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, as well as Afghanistan, will continue to vigorously pursue its efforts to obtain transparency, justice and accountability for all the victims, including Afghan victims and their families.

As always, we stand in solidarity with the families and loved ones of the victims of PS752, who continue to grieve their profound loss.

They can be assured that the Coordination Group will remain united in their objective to hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for this tragedy.”

On June 3, 2021, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi held the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue via video link. They had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process and reached the following consensus:

The three sides underscored that as insecurity in Afghanistan will directly impact the stability and economic prosperity of the entire region, there is a need for joint efforts and response to eliminate the current challenges in our region.

The three sides noted the start of withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, and believed that while this move has complex impacts on Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process, it will also provide opportunities for the Afghanistan and the region to truly take the future of their countries and nations into their own hands.

The three sides called for responsible and orderly withdrawal of foreign troops to avoid deterioration of the security situation in the region or giving terrorist forces the opportunity to re-emerge and grow. All relevant parties should earnestly fulfill their anti-terrorism commitments and agreed not to allow any terrorist to operate from their respective territories against each other’s interests. 

The three sides underlined the importance of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan and called on all parties in Afghanistan for an early declaration of a comprehensive ceasefire and an end to the senseless violence, in order to create the conditions needed for negotiation between the Islamic republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. 

The three sides believed that the UNSC resolution 2513 must be observed, while looking forward to and welcoming the early return of the Taliban to the political mainstream of Afghanistan. The three sides reiterated that they do not support the establishment of any government imposed by force in Afghanistan. The three sides supported Afghanistan to be an independent, sovereign and democratic state that enjoys security and stability, achieves development and prosperity, and lives in harmony with its neighbors.

The three sides maintained that resolution of the Afghan issue should fully reflect the “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” principle. The Afghan government could play a leading role in Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process to draw up a plan jointly with all parties that reflects extensiveness and inclusiveness.

The three sides support all multilateral efforts that are conducive to building political consensus in Afghanistan, and the international community and to promoting Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process. They support the international community, particularly the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in making positive contribution to advancing the peace and reconciliation process. They believed that Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, as the most direct stakeholders in relation to Afghanistan’s domestic situation, should play a more important, constructive role in this regard.

China and Afghanistan recognized that Pakistan has continued to host with dignity and honor millions of Afghan refugees for decades as a consequence of the protracted Afghan conflict. They emphasized that a time-bound and well-resourced return of Afghan refugees to their homeland and their re-integration in the Afghan society should be part of the comprehensive peace agreement.

China and Pakistan reaffirmed their firm support for the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan and readiness to expand economic and trade ties with Afghanistan, support Afghanistan in enhancing its capacity for independent development.

 

 

On Deepening Trilateral Cooperation

 

On June 3, 2021, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi held the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue via video link.

The three sides commended the progress in trilateral cooperation since the Third Dialogue held in Islamabad on September 7, 2019, and underscored their readiness to further deepen and expand their cooperation in the peace, political, economic, connectivity, security, counter-terrorism and other areas, and jointly promote peace, stability and development of the three countries and the region.

The three sides reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening political mutual trust, enhancing exchanges and communication, and forging closer-good neighborly relations and partnership. China emphasized its readiness to continue to play a constructive role in facilitating the improvement of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The three sides reaffirmed that they will deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, Regional Economic Cooperation Conference (RECCA), “Heart of Asia” Istanbul Process(HoA/IP) and other regional economic initiatives. The three sides commended the progress made by Afghanistan in the area of connectivity and in carrying out trades through Gwadar Port, and other seaports in the region, and expressed readiness to further tap cooperation potential to raise the level of connectivity among the three countries and in the region.

The three sides agreed to advance practical cooperation in a flexible way alongside routine COVID control, implement the refrigeration storage and other livelihood facility projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan at an early date, expand cooperation among the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of the three countries, and carry out exchange and training programs in the fields of public health, connectivity, agricultural disaster reduction, youth exchanges, cultural relics and archaeology. They agreed that as a long-term objective, and as the next logical progression in the trilateral cooperation, larger-scale projects in infrastructure and development including railway will also be considered at an opportune time. The three sides also agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation and jointly tackle COVID-19.

The three sides reaffirmed that they will jointly fight terrorism in all its forms and underscored that it is important to reject “double standards” in counter-terrorism, not let any terrorist organization or individual use their respective territories for activities against other countries, and redouble joint efforts against the ETIM, TTP and Daesh and any other terrorist group. The three sides welcomed the positive progress made in the first batch of projects under the trilateral MOU on Cooperation in Counter-terrorism, and will continue to advance the related work.

The three sides agreed to follow up on the consensus of this Dialogue through the trilateral Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, the Vice-Ministerial Consultation on Counter-Terrorism and Security, and the Director-General Level Practical Cooperation Dialogue.

The Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan thanked China for its efforts in successfully holding the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue via video link. The three sides agreed to hold an in-person trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue at an early date when the COVID situation permits.

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mirwais Nab, EU Political and Security Committee Head Mrs. Sofia Emmesberger, and Ambassadors of the European Union member states in Belgium, in a virtual meeting discussed the latest developments on political and security affairs in Afghanistan, the Afghan Peace Process, and the dynamics of cooperation’s endurance between Afghanistan and the EU.

Expressing gratitude to the EU for its cooperation with Afghanistan during the last two decades and the sacrifices made by the EU member states to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, Mr. Nab called the EU pledges in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference-Geneva, and the financial assistant of the EU to fight COVID-19 as a symbol of sincere friendship and cooperation of the EU with Afghanistan.

Underscoring the recent development in the Afghan Peace Process, political and economic affairs, regional and international consensus against return of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate, Mr. Nab called the EU an important and trustworthy partner of Afghanistan. Deputy Foreign Minister, further emphasized on the significance of the EU cooperation along with the international community to the peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Appreciating the statement by the EEAS, EU Council, and the European Parliament supporting the Afghan Peace Process preserving gains of the last two decades, Mr. Nab stressed the importance of continuation of the EU financial and technical support to the ANDSF to fight against terrorism.

Referring to the recent terrorist attack on Sayed al-Shuhada High School in Kabul, EU Political and Security Committee Head Mrs. Emmesberger and Deputy Executive Asia and the Pacific, EEAS Ms. Paola Pampaloni condemned the killing of students, journalists, civil society activists and civilians, and called for continued talks to achieve a peace that preserves the common gains of the Afghan people and the international community over the past two decades.

Deputy Foreign Minister responded to questions raised by the EU member states Ambassadors in Belgium, including Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Romania, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Portugal and Greece, on the latest security and political developments in Afghanistan, regional cooperation, the Afghan security forces’ capability to defend the country, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and other countries and regional and international organizations.

Emphasizing the continuation of financial-development cooperation and diplomatic presence of their respective countries in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan, the participants supported the Afghan Peace Process while preserving the gains of the last two decades.

KABUL – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar met with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, this afternoon.

Highlighting the outcomes of the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff visit to Kabul, Minister Atmar emphasized on implementation of the commitments and decisions taken during the said visit. Foreign Minister likewise, stressed on strengthening and expansion of bilateral cooperation to create a conducive space to resume meaningful peace talks.

The Pakistani Ambassador underscored the importance of bilateral relations and the role of Afghanistan’s peace and stability in Pakistan’s prosperity and economic development.

Highlighting the recent developments in the peace process, Mr. Khan assured Minister Atmar of Pakistan’s comprehensive support to peace and stability in Afghanistan, emphasizing that Pakistan does not support the seizure of power through military and calls for political settlement.

Minister Atmar and the Pakistani Ambassador also discussed and exchanged views on the concerns and opportunities related to the bilateral relations, as well as the continuation and strengthening of cooperation within bilateral frameworks including APAPPS.

The two sides also talked on the Afghanistan – Pakistan – China trilateral meeting, to be held on June 3, 2021.

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Kabul Wang Yu, this morning.

Highlighting the recent developments in the Afghan Peace Process, political, and security affairs, Mr. Nab emphasized the importance of China’s support to the government and people of Afghanistan in various fields, calling the strengthening and expansion of cooperation between Kabul and Beijing beneficial for peace and stability of the entire region and the two nations in particular.

Underscoring China’s political, economic, and security cooperation to Afghanistan, Mr. Wang assured Deputy Minister Nab of China’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, including the fight against COVID-19, providing infrastructure machinery, support to the ANSDF, the fight against terrorism and extremist networks in the region, and shipment of the COVAX packages to Kabul following its legal procedure.

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met with the Assistant Foreign Minister and General Director of Iran Foreign Ministry's West Asia Department, Seyyed Rasoul Mousavi, this noon.

Welcoming Mr. Mousavi to Kabul, Mr. Nab highlighted the recent developments in the Afghan peace talks, security, and economic affairs. Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister added that Iran’s continued support to the legitimate demands of the Afghan people and government in the peace process as well as Iran’s efforts in establishing regional consensus thereof was important.

Describing the goals of his visit to Kabul, Mr. Mousavi called the relations between Afghanistan and Iran historic and enduring. Emphasizing on the continuation of Iran’s support to the Afghan Peace Talks, a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, and the preservation of gains in last two decades are vital, he added.

The two sides also discussed and exchanged views on the significance of signing the Afghanistan-Iran comprehensive cooperation agreement, expanding bilateral relations, enhanced cooperation between the two countries in health, education, border, and consular spheres, and Iran’s role in ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

KABUL - Deputy and acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab had a telephone conversation with the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office James Cleverly.

Expressing gratitude to the UK for its support and cooperation with Afghanistan over the past two decades, in particular contribution in the train and advise mission of the Afghan security and defense forces within the resolute support framework and reconstruction of Afghanistan. Deputy Minister Nab emphasized the continuation of the UK’s support to Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the resolute support forces from Afghanistan.

Referring to the recent visit of the British Chief of the Defence Staff to Kabul, Mr. Cleverly condemned the recent Taliban attacks on Afghan civilians and assured Mr. Nab of Britain’s continued support to Afghanistan.

Emphasizing the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, Mr. Cleverly called for contact between the members of the international group to coordinate and response to the families of the victims of the Ukrainian aircraft.

The two sides also discussed strengthening and expansion of relations between Kabul and London and the latest developments in the Afghan peace process.

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met with Head of the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (PAI) Devision of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India Mr. JP Singh, to discuss the latest developments in the Afghan peace process, the new chapter of cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community, as well as further strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

Expressing solidarity of the people and government of Afghanistan with India in its fight against Covid, Mr. Nab appreciated India 's comprehensive cooperation and efforts to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan. Mr. Nab also spoke about the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and the beginning of a new chapter in security, political and development cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community and stressed the importance of continuation of India's cooperation along with the international community's support to peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

Mr. Singh highlighted the purpose of his visit to Kabul and his meetings with the Afghan officials. The Indian delegation, while emphasizing the importance of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan for the region, assured Mr. Nab of India’s  continued cooperation and support to Afghanistan.

Both sides discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace talks, the implementation of trade, transport and regional connectivity projects in trilateral framework, and stressed the need for the commencement of working groups within the framework of the Afghanistan-India Strategic Partnership

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kabul, Bahadur Aminian, this morning.

Highlighting Iran’s place and significance in the Afghan foreign policy, Mr. Nab called Iran’s support to the Afghan peace talks important and talked about the latest developments in politics, security, and the Afghan peace talks.

Pointing out to the in-depth historic and cultural ties between the two fraternal nations, Mr. Aminian assured Deputy Minister Nab of Iran’s support to Afghanistan in various fields, particularly the Afghan peace talks leading to lasting peace and stability and an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Both sides discussed and exchanged views on convening joint economic committee meeting and strengthening and enhancing political, security, cultural, and border cooperation between Kabul and Tehran, calling it beneficial for the two nations.

KABUL – Deputy and Acting Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab met with the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Raouf Mazou, this morning.

Welcoming Mr. Mazou and expressing gratitude to UNHCR for its invaluable cooperation with the Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons, Mr. Nab highlighted the condition of Afghan refugees and IDPs, the latest developments in the Afghan Peace Process, and dynamics of cooperation with other countries and regional and international organizations following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces.

Deputy Minister Nab called for the continuation of cooperation between Afghanistan and the UNHCR to address effectively the issues related to the Afghan refugees, IDPs, and repatriates.

Describing the purpose of his visit, Mr. Mazou stated that assisting refugees and IDPs was a priority for UNHCR. He also assured Deputy Minister Nab of UNHCR’s continued cooperation following the withdrawal of the Resolute Support forces from Afghanistan.

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